Centre for the Study of the Legacies of British Slave-ownership launches at UCL History
28 September 2016
The department is delighted to announce the launch of the new Centre for the Study of the Legacies of Slave-ownership, jointly funded by UCL and the Hutchins Center at Harvard University. The establishment of the new Centre provides a long-term home for the highly acclaimed Legacies of British Slave-ownership research project which was funded by grants from the ESRC (2009-2012) and ESRC/AHRC (2012-2015).
Under the leadership of Professor Catherine Hall, as Principal Investigator, the Legacies of British Slave-ownership (LBS) project team won a BAFTA TV Award for the BBC programme 'Britain's Forgotten Slave-owners', and were also awarded the History Today Digital History Prize and the RHS Public History Prize for Broadcasting. The team produced numerous outputs including a project book (published by Cambridge University Press). LBS' work has already surprised academic communities and the wider public by highlighting the overwhelming extent of slave-ownership in Britain.
launches on the evening of Wednesday 28 September, when an audience comprising of invited guests, academics, journalists, students and members of the public will learn more about the Centre and see LBS' new database of British slave-ownership 1763-1833,
contains 20,000 newly researched slave-owners and over 8000
Dr Nick Draper, the Director of the new Centre, commented: "Our aim has always been to re-inscribe slave-ownership in the history of Britain, from which it has been elided for almost two centuries. The new Centre will underpin the deployment of our recent research, promote the generation and communication of new material and allow the establishment of further collaborative relationships both in Britain and internationally. It is a privilege to be leading this next phase of LBS' work."
Professor Catherine Hall, who
led the two LBS projects and remains as Chair Emerita of the Centre after
her retirement, added: "I am delighted that we have succeeded in securing a
permanent future at UCL for the work of LBS. The support of the Hutchins Center
has been critical to the establishment of the new Centre, and we much
This new research has already attracted substantial media coverage, including the following:
- 'From Jane Austen to Beatrice and Eugenie ... the long reach of UK slave-owning families' (The Observer)
- 'The princesses, an author, and their slave-owning ancestors' (Daily Mail)
- 'UCL University Launch Centre to Study British Slave Owners' (The Voice)
- 'The racist ideas of slave owners are still with us today' (The Guardian)